Archive | June, 2012

‘A Song for Ellie’ : from ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’

3 Jun

 

‘Did she notice me in the crowd?  Was I just another face, beaming my approval, my adulation?  Or was her smile, in my direction,  truly meant for me?’

 

Thus begins ‘A Song for Ellie’, one of the twenty-eight stories in ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’: my one and only book to receive a professional review by Australian writer Jenny Schwartz. To say the truth: my one and only book to be seriously appraised.

 

‘A Song for Ellie’ tells the story of a smitten, genuine young man who uses his initiative in an attempt at wooing a young, naive singer. It’s one of my favourite stories in the ‘Life and Love’ series.

 

I don’t know what Jenny thought of it: she didn’t specify any particular likes: but I’m delighted to say she seems to have strongly approved of the book in its entirety. She rated it 5 Stars!

 

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Q@A on Goodreads: Long and Short Australian Stories

2 Jun

Hands up who likes Short Stories!

These days of rush, and time-poor readers, has probably led to an increase in readership of this genre. That’s my theory, anyway.

Now, I like Short Stories. I like them for several reasons; their brevity, their punch, their relative simplicity.

Some  Short Stories have a reputation for leaving readers up in the air. Recently, a friend complained to me that she didn’t really enjoy them much, for that reason.

Well, this is where mine differ from the norm. With few, if any, exceptions, my Short Stories provide at least a degree of resolution. Sometimes, a tale is continued at the end of the volume; as in the case of my ‘life and love’ series.

But not this time, in ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’. This volume aims to invoke a greater depth of character and events by generally containing longer, more complex stories. Sure, they’re still a quick and easy read, but this time I’ve experimented a little to see how these gel with readers.

To help identify the credentials of ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, I’ve set up a Q@A on the topic at Goodreads, ending in about four weeks. Why not join with other writers who have offered to provide their input, and help this Australian women writer along?

My Most Loved Musical Experience: A Schubert Impromptu

1 Jun

Do you have a special piece that never fails to move you?

For me,  it’s the sublime Schubert Impromptu Opus 90 #3 in G flat.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never heard it until Ron, my husband, introduced this remarkable piece to me more than a decade ago. So taken by its absolute beauty, its incredibly powerful evocation that touched me very deeply, I decided to learn to play it on my piano.

It’s not an easy piece, at least for someone of my limited ability, but I stuck at it and managed to be able to get through it in its entirety, though slowly. Even this level of performance gave me pleasure.

But how much greater is my enjoyment when I hear it played by a master! Then, I’m free to concentrate on the music and the moods its builds so effortlessly. At this very moment, I can hear it. It is truly the most beautiful thing on this earth.

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